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Fruitless Wait for Trump

In a classic article covering viewpoints from various European officials toward U.S. President Donald Trump, Washington Post reporters Dan Balz and Griff Witte conclude that he is seen as taking a wrecking ball to a transatlantic relationship that has required decades to build. Trump doesn’t see the benefits of the relationship (certainly not as much as the Europeans), and most officials are simply biding time until he goes - which is hopefully in two more years because a second term (i.e., six more years) is an existential threat to Europe as we know it. This is all just wishful thinking, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Walter Russell Mead. Mr. Trump’s foreign policy has many critics in both political parties. Yet...

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